Google projects
Google contributes a slew of useful open source tools and programs to the community each year.

Google’s Open Source Report Card Highlights Game-Changing Contributions

Ask people about Google’s relationship to open source, and many of them will point to Android and Chrome OS — both very successful operating systems and both based on Linux. Android, in particular, remains one of the biggest home runs in open source history. But, as Josh Simmons from Google’s Open...
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Common Search
It is critical for the Internet to have both commercial and non-commercial search engines available, so that we can compare their results and watch out for biases. says Common Search founder Sylvain Zimmer in this preview to his talk at Apache: Big Data Europe.

Ranking the Web With Radical Transparency

Ranking every URL on the web in a transparent and reproducible way is a core concept of the Common Search project, says Sylvain Zimmer, who will be speaking at the upcoming Apache: Big Data Europe conference in Seville, Spain. The web has become a critical resource for humanity, and search engines...
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Ainissa Ramirez
The greatest cultural shifts come from new technologies, said Dr. Ainissa Ramirez in her LinuxCon North America keynote.

Technology Changes Us, Changes Society, and Changes Governments

We shape our technology. Our technology shapes us. It's not a one-way trip, but a continual feedback loop. Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, in her inspirational LinuxCon North America keynote, claims that the greatest cultural shifts come from new technologies. Dr. Ramirez says, "Technology is a faster mover...
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Exclusive: Blockchain Platform Developed by Banks to be Open-Source

A blockchain platform developed by a group that includes more than 70 of the world's biggest financial institutions is making its code publicly available, in what could become the industry standard for the nascent technology. The Corda platform has been developed by a consortium brought together by...
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Secure Your Containers with this One Weird Trick

Did you know there is an option to drop Linux capabilities in Docker? Using the docker run --cap-drop option, you can lock down root in a container so that it has limited access within the container. Sadly, almost no one ever tightens the security on a container or anywhere else. The Day After is...
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Humanity’s War on Latency: Semaphore to Silicon Photonics and Beyond

For most of humanity's existence, communication has been incredibly slow. For millennia the only way of transmitting information between two humans was via speech or crude drawings. About 5,000 years ago written language and papyrus increased the transmission distance and bandwidth of human-human...
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How to Incorporate Open Source into Computer Science Classes

This year at the Grace Hopper Conference I'm moderating a panel on why, and how, to incorporate open source into computer science classes. The panelists are four computer science instructors—all women—who have already used open source projects in their classrooms. I've asked these four talented...
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How to Benchmark Your Linux System

If you go out looking for PC benchmark results, there’s a very strong chance the tests won’t perfectly translate to performance under Linux, since they were likely run in Windows. This is particularly true if certain hardware has limited support in the Linux kernel. However, there are still plenty...
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ONF to Merge With On.Lab

 The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is merging with On.Lab, creating one entity that will curate standards such asOpenFlow while developing software projects such as ONOS and the Central Office Re-Imagined as a Datacenter (CORD). The groups have begun operating as one organization led by On.Lab...
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Google Open Sources the Code that Powers Its Domain Registry

Google today released Nomulus, the Java-based registry platform that powers Google’s own .google and .foo top level domains (TLDs). Google says it started working on the technology behind Nomulus after the company applied to operate a number of generic TLDs itself back in 2012. Until then, domain...
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